Category Archives: Investing

Property as a hedge against inflation- Commercial property Part 3 of 3

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One of the more frequently cited arguments for investing in property is that “real” assets like property and say, agriculture commodities, hold their value better than paper assets once paper assets start to have their value eroded away by inflation. … Read More

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“Secondary” property – the unloved rump: Commercial Property Part 2

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In Part One we looked at the tribulations of the commercial property market in the light of what is now an entrenched resistance on the part of banks to lend into this market for anything other than absolutely prime locations. … Read More

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Commercial real estate heading for a deep freeze- Part 1 of 3

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One of the clichés of real estate investing is that you can make more of everything but you can’t  make more land. The implication is that real estate has to be a one way bet. More people competing for a … Read More

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Europe: Where next for investors?

9th May 2012 marks two years since 27 member states of the EU agreed the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) in order to provide financial assistance to eurozone states in economic difficulty and basically restore financial stability across the continent. … Read More

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3 tips for your investment strategy

I came across a new book the other day called Repeatability, by Chris Zook and James Allen of Bain & Company.  Although the book is about building enduring businesses that can cope with constant change, what struck me was how … Read More

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USA: the land of income opportunity?

The US is known as the land of opportunity. It is famous for its entrepreneurial spirit, for companies which start off in someone’s backyard and grow to dominate worldwide. More recently though, investors have started to talk about the US … Read More

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Exchanges have much to lose as high frequency traders get emasculated

There can be little doubt that high-frequency trading (HFT) is a malign force in the financial markets. High-speed traders use powerful computers to identify orders as they emerge and instantly trade ahead of them, hoping to earn a small crust … Read More

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Investing in infrastructure

Andy Parsons, head of investment research at The Share Centre, explains what investing in infrastructure has to offer investors. “Infrastructure investment as a theme still remains relatively new to the market of Unit Trusts and Open Ended Investment Companies and … Read More

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The dichotomy between trackers and multi-managers

2011 was a year of extremes when it came to fund sales and the annual statistics from the Investment Management Association evidenced just how polar opposite different investors can be at times while perhaps trying to achieve the same outcome. … Read More

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Are the economy and markets approaching a peak?

Six-month growth in G7 plus emerging E7 real narrow money topped out in November 2011 and available information suggests a further sharp fall in February – see first chart. Allowing for the typical six month lag between real money and … Read More

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